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It was another sad day for defending champions, Zambia as the Chipolopolo succumbed to a second defeat in as many matches.

In a game that Zambia did everything but hit the correct part of the net, it was a simple corner routine that saw Chipolopolo chipped and release their grip on the trophy they won 2 years ago. Zero points from two games is not what Coach Micho was hoping for when he hopped on the plane to South Africa for the 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup. The Serbian coach blamed himself for the crushing defeat, but in all honesty, the Zambian players missed some glaring chances.

“We looked and looked at the chance Mwilo missed and we cannot see how the ball did not go in,” said a dejected Micho after the 1-0 loss. Mwila was literally on the Lesotho goal-line when he shot wide.

Zambia are only left with a very slim mathematical chance while Gamedze’s header past Mweene sees Eswatini very much in the fight for that sem-final berth.

Lesotho were kicked firmly back down to earth by the Zebras of Botswana in a 4-0 drubbing that starred Morocco-based Tumisang Orebonye. The Olympique Club De Khourigba striker climbed to the top of the goal-scorers chart with a handsome hat-trick that included a penalty just before half-time. Thatayaone Kgamanyane completed the rout late on to seal an important three points for Coach Letang Kgonenyane’s men.

Zimbabwe are back in action tomorrow as Group B takes centre stage once again. The Warriors will meet the Brave Wariors, conquerors of the Teranga Lions from Senegal. Mozambique will be looking for redemption when they face Malawi as the 2021 COSAFA Cup rolls one in Gqeberha, South Africa.